The Cate Brothers perform at The 21st Saloon Thursday, May 22, 6-9 p.m. The Cate Brothers are legends in American soul-blues music. Raised in Fayetteville, Ark., Earl and Ernie Cate were exposed to the pioneers of rock ‘n’ roll at a local club where they also became friends with a young Levon Helm. Steve Cropper and Helm were involved with The Cates’ debut on Asylum Records, with Cropper producing the record and Helm playing on it. Helm’s nephew Terry Cagle drummed for the Cate Brothers and continues to work with Earl Cate in his band Earl & Them, which also features former Nebraskan “Baby” Jason Davis. Earl and Ernie Cate, Terry Cagle and bassist Ron Eoff were part of The Band when the group reformed in 1983. This is a rare opportunity to catch the highly respected Cate Brothers in a local club.
Hayes Carll at Sunday Roadhouse
The Sunday Roadhouse presents Hayes Carll Sunday, May 25, 5 p.m. at The Waiting Room. The Austin-based Carll is a national and local favorite. He puts on a fine, entertaining Americana-roots-country-folk show. He has an earnest, romantic, poetic and no-bull persona that attracts a variety of listeners. See sundayroadhouse.com.
Lincoln Americana act Jack Hotel has a CD release party Friday, May 23, 9 p.m. Evan Bartels & the Stoney Lonesomes and The Wondermonds also perform. The disc Good Sons and Daughters was recorded live at Fuse Recording Studios in Lincoln and is being released on Lincoln’s Sower Records label. Jack Hotel is Günter Voelker (Ember Schrag) on guitar/vocals, Joe Salvati (Kill County) on dobro/steel guitars, Josh Rector (Emmett Bower Band) on violin, and Marty Steinhausen (Tijuana Gigolos) on upright bass. See jackhotelband.com.
Chicago jump-blues guitarist Rockin’ Johnny Burgin plays with Honeyboy Turner Band at McKenna’s Friday, May 23, 8-9:30 p.m.
Billy Bacon plays with Tijuana Gigolos at Lincoln’s Zoo Bar Thursday, May 22, 6 p.m. and Friday, May 23, 5-7 p.m. Next Wednesday, May 28, Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials play 6-9 p.m. followed by amazing rockabilly artists Nikki Hill Band after 9:30 p.m. The 21st Saloon hosts Nikki Hill Band, Mezcal Brothers and Scott Keeton next Thursday, May 29, 6-9 p.m.
Lippy’s BBQ in Malcolm, Nebr., near Lincoln hosts their third Memorial Weekend Blues Fest Friday and Saturday May 23 & 24. Performers on Saturday include Rockin’ Johnny with Honeyboy Turner Band, Josh Hoyer & The Shadowboxers, Billy Bacon with The Gigolos and The Bel Airs. $12 admission. See facebook.com/lippysbbq.